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Some good news and some bad news

Compromise is at the core of today’s Apple / Samsung patent decision




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In the never ending patent battle between Apple and Samsung, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has handed down some good news and some bad news for both sides. According to the folks in high places, Samsung is indeed guilty of infringing certain, specific design patents in a previous (remember, this case is a couple of years old, now) version of Apple’s iPhone – a win for Apple. However, those same folks also decreed that Samsung wasn’t wholly copying the overall look and feel of the iPhone, instead creating an overwhelmingly original design.

This means exactly what it sounds like – Samsung will still owe Apple some money for those infringing design patents, but it’ll owe less – and likely considerably less – than before. Truthfully, this seems like a decent compromise. Apple’s claim that Samsung copied the overall look and feel of the iPhone years ago, an accusation which many claimed ridiculous. Many opponents to Apple’s accusation claim that Apple doesn’t own the concept of a rounded rectangle with a big screen in the middle of it, and today’s decision validates those doubts.

Source: The Verge


Bad news for Samsung

US courts side with Apple once more, may ban more Samsung smartphones




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Some bad news for Samsung in the courts today, as the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has delivered a ruling siding with Apple in the ongoing court case over Samsung’s use of Apple patents. The ruling, which vacates Judge Lucy Koh’s earlier ruling on the subject, will allow Apple to argue which Samsung products have violated Apple patents. Following Apple’s arguments, the courts will then decide on whether or not banning the products in question have legal standing, and if so, an import ban will be placed.

Things are looking good for Apple in the case, as the courts today determined that Apple no longer has to prove that the patents were the sole reason behind the success of the Samsung products in question, but rather argue that there just exists “some connection between the patented feature and demand for Samsung’s products” – which, lets face it, doesn’t sound too difficult for Apple to argue.

As usual, we’ll keep you updated on the latest in the Apple v. Samsung case.

Source: The Verge